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by Andre Whitehead

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Celtics (16’s) and Memphis Select (15’s) Fall in Title Game at String Music Showcase


The inagural String Music Showcase left a couple of our Tennessee favorites just a tad short at the finish.

One short week after blistering the Atlanta Celtics to bring home the gold at the Real Deal in the Rock, the depleted Nashville Celtics 16's fell in the final to the Derek Smith All-Stars.

Playing without Kedren Johnson (Marshall County), who sat out the weekend with a foot injury and Bobby Parks (St. George's), who was injured during the tourney, the Cetlics simply did'nt have enough firepower to bring home the 'ship this time around.

Stepping up in the absence of the missing stars, Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) once again rocked with his performance. 

"Ant Version 2.0" controlled the tempo of the game when he had the rock and proved he could score when his team needed tough buckets. DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) had a fine tourney ,dropping seven threes in one contest, but proving he could play consistent the entire weekend. 

Levi Randolph (Alabama) is the steady force on this Celtics squad. Scoring from inside and out he remains a go to guy even when the big dogs are in the lineup.  

Alex Polythress (Clarksville Northeast) continues to impress with high basketball acumen and his workmanlike efforts on the glass. His offensive game is coming along nicely and he has a knack for passsing quickly out of the double team. He is as advanced a freshman in the post as we have seen, great high school coaching has been a benefit for this young man.


The Mid-State Ballerz South had some quality moments in the event ,special mention to Odgra Bobo (Liberty Tech), who played very well over the course of the weekend. Other Ballerz who deserve some ink include: Dion Fair (Bearden), Jacob Lloyd (Westview), Joevantae Arnold (Liberty Tech) and Jaeland Lawson (Bearden).


Miles Davis (Webb School) played a vital role in the success shared by his Team Nashville mates in this event. The 6'4 worker gave maximum effort on both ends of the floor, scoring on easy putbacks because of his efforts on the glass. He showed toughness in a very physical event. 

Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) was a beast on the interior crashing the boards, getting easy putbacks and working hard defensively. Bre Hughes (Hillsboro) played a fearless game, making tough passes and getting his teammates involved. 

Darryl Clack (Maplewood), despite his thin frame, was a frequent visitor to the glass, cashing in on some second chance points and showing a nice soft tournaround shot inside. Weldon Garlington (Brentwood Academy) played with passion on defense and shot it well from deep. He is fast and can pull-up from 15 on the dead sprint. Watch his progression as the summer moves along. 


Over in the 15's the Memphis Select simply ran out of gas in the finale falling to All-Iowa Red 73-56. Jarnell Stokes (Central) was a man on the interior. His work on the boards continues to be on a high level while he gets a great deal of second chance buckets because he uderstands positioning. 

Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) caught the eye of my collegue with his hustle and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. He can score in a multitude of arenas and has a knack for grabbing long rebounds and finishing hard. 

The Nashville Celtics 15's also had a nice showing loosing in the semi's to the eventual champion. Vari Craig (Riverdale) and Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) both had solid showings, while Austin Blackwell (MBA), John Ross Glover (USJ) and Cornelius Elder (Ensworth) played tough.

Elder is a Class of 2013 point guard who is a slight to behold. His command of the game at this young age is fun to watch and he is fearless in his approach to the game. This will be a good one for years to come.  





Liberty Tech and Howard Move to the Semi-Finals


Liberty Tech 67

Fulton 62

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) celebrated his future school's stunning NCAA Tournament upset with a sterling effort of his own.

The Richmond bound senior poured in 33 points and helped lift the Crusaders past a determined Fulton squad 67-62 in Class AA quarter-final action.

Richmond pulled the always dangerous 5/12 upset with a win over Vanderbilt this afternoon.

Fulton, behind 18 points from Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) and 14 more from Galen Campbell (Fulton), had battled to knot the score at 46 after three quarters.

Anthony took over in the fourth and Liberty outscored the Falcons 21-16 to arrive at the final score.

Matt Smith (Liberty Tech) added 13 points for the Crusaders, while DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) finished with 10 markers.


Howard 47

Giles County 45

Demontray Suttles (Howard) nailed a foul line jumper with 3 seconds remaining on the clock to lift the Hustlin Tigers past Giles County 47-45 and set up a Friday showdown with Liberty Tech.

Barry Griffin (Howard) led Howard with 16 points in the win.

Levar Johnson (Giles County) led the Bobcats with 16 points.


String Music Observations and Outlooks


Saturday I took the day and went to the String Music Showcase at the A-Game Complex in Franklin for a day of tournament hoops.


In the 17 and under division the day was highlighted with a showdown between two of the states top squads in that age group the Nashville Celtics and Team Nashville.


Corn Elder (Ensworth) scored a runner with little time remaining on the clock thwarting a huge Celtics comeback and lifted Team Nashville to a 74-72 victory.


Caymon Dial (LaVergne) performed like a young man who knows how important this summer is for his future, finishing with 25 points on a variety of dunks, threes and free throws. Dial was at his best during a huge Team Nashville run in the first half that lifted his squad to a 47-37 halftime advantage.


Elder added 16 while Vari Craig (Riverdale) finished with 12 points. John Hudson (Dyer County) shot very well from the perimeter.


Daijon Williams (Clarksville) and Taylor Barnette (Kentucky) led the Celtics with 17 and 16 respectively, but the play of rising junior Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest Christian) is what caught the eye of all us in attendance.


Richardson, who would finish with 14 points, used his strength and size to overpower the smaller guards and a nice mid-range game to negate the advantage of the bigger ones.


According to sources on Sunday, the Celtics received some outstanding performances from David Howard (MBA), who scored 26 and 24 in consecutive games and rising sophomore Reggie Upshaw (Baylor), who performed double duty also playing with the 16 and under Celtics. Jamal Smith (FACS) continues to show marked improvement in his rapid development.


The Mid-State Ballerz East, playing with a depleted roster, got some outstanding performances from Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet), Josh Erickson (DCA) and Zaonte Carr (Lancaster Christian).

Guards were in high profile for the Memphis Select in the day's opener. Robert Houston (Craigmont) and Myron Johnson (Hamilton) both played strong defense and shot the ball very well leading the Select to a win over a squad from Kentucky. Sam Edwards (Memphis East) is an intriguing young prospect. At a legit 6'11, he moves well for his size but must develop stamina and have someone show him some basic post play. He is capable and it will be interesting to watch his development.


In the 16 and under division, The Nashville Celtics were in a dog fight with a very good Arkansas Hawks in one of the later games of the evening. Upshaw was outstanding as he continues to learn his craft. Vonn Bell (Chattanooga Central) showed flashes in his game on the offensive end but must value the ball more if he wants to play the point. Joey Barnes (Ravenwood) has some height but really lacks strength. His skill level is high and he plays tough. He could be really good with some added bulk.


The Mid-State Ballerz West lost a heartbreaker to another one of those Kentucky squads despite some outstanding efforts from Maleek Hall (Kenwood), Robert Brandon (Siegel), Jay Gordon (Westview) and Devon Davidson (White County).

The Nashville Celtics 15 and under squad went on to capture the title on Sunday in their division. The game between those same Celtics and Select Basketball was a very good 15 and under contest with some very good young prospects on both ends of the floor.


Andrew Cowie (BGA), Jake Allsmiller (CPA) and Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) played outstanding in the victory over the eventual champions. Braxton Bonds (CPA) was himself equally outstanding controlling game tempo and firing nasty passes all around the A-Game complex. The growing young man also found time to score some buckets with an improved floater in the lane.


Jaylen Barford (Southside), Brandon Donaldson (Henry County), Daniel Norl (Kenwood) and Marcus Graves (Ravenwood) all played well, not only in this game but throughout the event. Norl is a big-time shooter, Barford can create his own shot and has excellent length, Donaldson is a beast and Graves is a smooth lefty who continues to improve his handles and scoring ability.

Week #4 Statewide Scoring Leaders

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Week #4 saw some interesting facts and scoring excitement.  


We also look for interesting facts such as 1,000 point scoring milestones and other things of particular interest. If we miss a player please feel free to send me an email at andre@tnprephoops.com and I will make sure he is noticed on the following weeks scoring list.


College coaches have told me this is one of their favorite features as it helps them get an understanding on the pulse of the new season.


Connor Peach (Greenbrier) is lighting things up in Middle Tennessee. Peach busted 34 points against Springfield and followed that effort up with 30 more against Jo Byrns.  


Jerry Johnson (Wooddale) is quietly becoming a Memphis standout; the sophomore dropped 32 points against Houston.  


Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) reached a milestone notching his 500th assist along with 25 points in a win over Marion County.


The next standout from Bolivar Central could be senior Tre Polk (Bolivar Central). Polk notched 27 points in a big win over Jackson Southside.


Devon Bailey (Clarksburg) is making the most of his senior season notching 31 large against Huntingdon and adding 26 more against McKenzie.


Memphis fans and onlookers watch out for Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant), this young man had another banner scoring week notching 46 points against Frayser and finishing with 28 against Douglass.


Jay Cade (Gibbs) had a productive week in East Tennessee scoring 27 against Pigeon Forge and finishing the week with 26 against Union County.




East Tennessee

Cory Nelson (Grace Baptist) 40pts vs. Ridgeland (GA)

Justin Havis (Whitwell) 37pts vs. Chattanooga Christian

Ethan Hayes (Anderson County) 33pts vs. Grace Christian

Jalen Smith (Rhea County) 33pts vs. Ooltewah

Justin Havis (Whitwell) 31pts vs. South Pittsburg

Christian Chandler (Union County) 28pts vs. Gibbs

Andy Barnett (Pigeon Forge) 27pts vs. Gibbs

Shaquille Cantrell (Karns) 27pts vs. Oak Ridge

Eddie Hitchcock (East Ridge) 27pts vs. Howard

Cory Stroud (Heritage) 27pts vs. Bearden

Jay Cade (Gibbs) 27pts vs. Union County

Jacob West (Oneida) 27pts vs. Wartburg Central

Nick Litton (Campbell County) 26pts vs. Farragut

Demetric Johnson (South Pittsburg) 26pts vs. Richard Hardy

Jay Cade (Gibbs) 26pts vs. Pigeon Forge

Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) 26pts vs. Walker Valley

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) 26pts vs. Red Bank

Trevor Shelton (Unicoi County) 25pts vs. Cloudland

Fred Matthews (Red Bank) 25pts vs. Soddy Daisy

Logan Brewer (Polk County) 25pts vs. Loudon

Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) 25pts vs. Marion County

Brandon Walters (Howard) 25pts vs. Brainerd


Middle Tennessee

Austin Thurber (Community) 36pts vs. Eagleville

Connor Peach (Greenbrier) 34pts vs. Springfield

Will Holt (Cascade) 33pts vs. Fayetteville

Connor Peach (Greenbrier) 30pts vs. Jo Byrns

Logan Skelton (Hickman County) 30pts vs. Wayne County

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 29pts vs. Northwest

Peyton Mathis (Wayne County) 28pts vs. Hickman County

Kadijon Townsend (Giles County) 28pts vs. Summit

Jacob McLennon (Huntland) 28pts vs. Moore County

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) 27pts vs. Greenbrier

Ben Wankel (Mt. Juliet Christian) 27pts vs. Davidson Academy

Jacob Tucker (Perry County) 26pts vs. Creek Wood

Cannon Rhodes (Perry County) 25pts vs. Creek Wood

Christian Lynn (Goodpasture) 25pts vs. Gallatin

James Keith (Fayetteville) 25pts vs. Cascade

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) 25pts vs. Waverly Central

Darius Ballard (Antioch) 25pts vs. Siegel

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 25pts vs. Gallatin

Heath Mansfield (Lawrence County) 25pts vs. Loretto

Cody Jordan (Richland) 25pts vs. Moore County


West Tennessee

John Ross Glover (USJ) 47pts vs. FCA

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) 46pts vs. Frayser

Tyler Gadlen (Peabody) 39pts vs. Halls

A.J. Dodd (Jackson Central-Merry) 36pts vs. McNairy Central

Kenneth Milbrook (Douglass) 33pts vs. Trezevant

Jerry Johnson (Wooddale) 32pts vs. Houston

Jamal Glenn (West Carroll) 31pts vs. Big Sandy

Devon Bailey (Clarksburg) 31pts vs. Huntingdon

Alex Bran (St. George's) 31pts vs. West Tennessee Christian

Jeremy Jackson (Fairley) 31pts vs. Hillcrest

Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) 29pts vs. West Tennessee Christian

Darius White (Memphis Overton) 28pts vs. Craigmont

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) 28pts vs. Douglass

Darius White (Memphis Overton) 27pts vs. Nashville Overton

Tre Polk (Bolivar Central) 27pts vs. Jackson Southside

Alec Mulvihill (St. George's) 26pts vs. Harding Academy

Devon Bailey (Clarksburg) 26pts vs. McKenzie

Dontavious Sears (Manassas) 26pts vs. Kingsbury

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 25pts vs. Raleigh-Egypt

Darius Tomlin (Jackson Northside) 25pts vs. Hardin County

Hunter Lowe (McKenzie) 25pts vs. Huntingdon

Ethan Moffett (Fayette Academy) 25pts vs. Central Baptist

BCAT Hoops All-Star and Unsigned Senior Game Information

The annual BCAT All-Star game and corresponding Unsigned Senior Event is scheduled for March 17th in Murfreesboro.

Coaches please get your nominations in for the games by February 15th at the latest.

You can find more information at www.bcathoops.com or call Bruce Slaten at 931-256-0075.